Upcoming Training and Events

We are pleased to offer a variety of trainings and special events throughout the year for child care providers. All training and events are PDR approved.

The following training and events will be hosted by Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas:

4th Annual ACW Dinner & Tribute

Where: First United Methodist Church, 218 Pratt Street, Hot Springs, AR

When: April 9, 2019, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Keynote: PJ Yarbrough, Restore the Joy: Laugh Everyday

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

PDR: 2 approved hours

Cost: $5

Each year we celebrate Arkansas Children's Week by hosting a Dinner & Tribute for our providers. We feel it is important to recognize and honor all of the hard work and dedication our providers put in to caring for our children. This years topic during dinner will be "Restore the Joy to Early Childhood Professionals". Registration is $5 and must be received by March 29, 2019.  Smokin in Style will be catering the event.

Download current and past ACW resource books.

For more information visit Arkansas Children's Week.

Pine Bluff ACW Family Fun Day

Where: Pine Bluff Convention Center

When: April 13, 2019, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Theme: Hands-In Learning: Exploring Sand, Water, Mud & More!

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

PDR: 0 approved hours

Cost: Free

Early Childhood Professionals and families are invited to join us for Family Fun Day at the Pine Bluff Convention Center in celebration of Arkansas Children's Week. In our work, we create hands-on experiences daily to engage and enlighten our littlest learners. Therefore, for ACW, we wanted to add a slight shift to the term to emphasize a specific type of play. The term "hands-in" brings to mind children "up to their elbows" in something. This is the type of exploration where we see children completely engrossed and sometimes messy discovering their world using all of their senses.

For more information visit Hand-In Learning: Explore.

Exploring Nature in Arkansas

Where: DeGray Lake Resort

When: May 15, 2019, 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Keynote: Janet Massey

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

PDR: 2.5 approved hours

Cost: Free

Nature has a way of providing us with the resources we need to teach children about any subject area in a way that is natural for children. Just by spending time outdoors allows the children to relax, be creative in their play and to learn in a fun, unhurried way. Even we as adults benefit from being outdoors in a way that improves our health. Experiencing nature causes our brain to work in such a way that improves cognition and memory skills. Just breathing the fresh air helps improve how we feel. Join us as we adventure out into Arkansas’ own natural background.  Registration required.

For directions visit the DeGray Lake Resort map.

Dad's Event

Where: Transportation Plaza

When: June 7, 2019, 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Keynote: TBD

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or at donald.caudill@np.edu.

PDR: 0 approved hours

Cost: Free

A FREE community event for Father Figures of all ages with the goal of providing resources along with fun, safe & affordable activities/ ideas for you to do with your families. There will be door prizes & local vendors ready to talk with you and answer your questions.

Food will be provided by First Security Bank 

Musical entertainment by Jacob Flores

For directions or bus routes visit the Transportation Plaza Bus Route map.

3rd Annual Early Childhood STEAM Conference

Where: National Park College

When: January 18, 2020, 8:00am to 4:00pm

Keynote: TBD

Registration: Contact Donny Caudill at 501-760-6586 or  at donald.caudill@np.edu.

PDR: 8 approved hours

Cost: $50

This year's theme:  STEAM3 .... now we're cooking

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  Each of STEAM’s five subjects share a common approach and focus. They require gathering and using evidence to create knowledge or solve problems. STEAM learning happens naturally everyday as children explore, play, and try new things. When young children have the opportunity to investigate the world around them, they learn and experiment with new STEAM skills and theories. Research shows there is a positive relationship between early STEAM experiences and future success in school.

For more information visit Understanding STEAM and how children use it.

Contact us for more information or to register for one of our events. You may also visit our Facebook page or download our app "Child Care Aware WCA".